Denver Broncos: 5 biggest risers during the 2020 season

Denver Broncos WR Tim Patrick. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Essang Bassey, Denver Broncos
Essang Bassey, CB #34 for the Denver Broncos. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

2. Essang Bassey

Bassey is the second rookie cornerback on this list and made a massive jump from undrafted free agent to starting nickel cornerback for the Denver Broncos. Bassey’s story is another example of the Broncos’ excellent history in identifying and developing undrafted rookies.

Essang Bassey proved to be an excellent find in training camp for the Denver Broncos. Vic Fangio felt comfortable enough with Bassey to move veteran De’Vante Bausby to the team’s practice squad and to move off from veteran Issac Yiadom.

Bassey’s versatility proved vital for the Broncos this season. Having a player like Bassey, who can man the slot at a high level has proven to be a huge key for the Broncos’ defensively this season.

Bassey did have his struggles early on, being benched in the Thursday Night matchup against the New York Jets. However, he bounced back nicely before his season ended on a torn ACL against the Chiefs.

Bassey finished his season with 23 total tackles, 2 passes defended, and an interception. In a time where even established veteran cornerbacks struggle to keep up with modern offenses, Bassey has proven his worth and should be in the Denver Broncos’ plans for the near future.